Viktor Axelsen on Target for Hat-trick Bid in Bangkok

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Viktor Axelsen is unstoppable at the 2020 BWF World Tour Finals. (photo: Shi Tang/Getty Images)
Viktor Axelsen is unstoppable at the 2020 BWF World Tour Finals. (photo: Shi Tang/Getty Images)

Bangkok: As the badminton world still digesting Viktor Axelsen’s two titles at both the YONEX Thailand Open and Toyota Thailand Open over the last two weeks, the unstoppable Dane has declared himself reaching another final in his third week in Bangkok after he outlasted World No. 2 Chou Tien Chen of Taiwan 21-16, 21-9 in the semi-finals of 2020 BWF World Tour Finals on Saturday.

“Chou put up a strong fight in the first set, he controlled the drift very well but I was able to keep it going,” said Axelsen.

The World No. 4 player will meet compatriot, World No. 3 Anders Antonsen in the final. Antonsen edged past Wang Tzu-Wei of Taiwan 21-18, 14-21, 21-16 in the semi-finals.

In men’s doubles semi-finals, Taiwanese duo of Lee Yang/Wang Chi-lin who won both the YONEX Thailand Open and Toyota Thailand Open are gunning for their third titles in three weeks after they defeated England’s Ben Lane/Sean Vendy 22-20, 21-17 in the semi-finals.

“I think I care too much about winning the championship. It made me lose my focus. Thanks to Lee Yang for kept running and covering for me today. We will face our idols in the final. They have better skills than us. Ahsan recently just welcomed his newborn baby daughter, congratulations to him. We are going to try our best to fight them,” said Wang.

Lee/Wang will next face Mohammad Ahsan/Hendra Setiawan of Indonesia in the final.

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